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"To those who have struggled with them, the mountains reveal beauties that they will not disclose to those who make no effort. That is the reward the mountains give to effort. And it is because they have so much to give and give it so lavishly to those who will wrestle with them that men love the mountains and go back to them again and again. The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits." - Sir Francis Younghusband

Helicopter Skiing Alaska

Some of the first helicopter skiing in Alaska began in the 1960s. At the time, most of the helicopter skiing was done either by people scouting for a new resort location, or by construction workers responsible for building lift towers. The first known helicopter skiing in Alaska that was open to the public took place at Hatcher's Pass in the 1980s.

Modern helicopter skiing began in Valdez, Alaska in the 1990s when Shannon Loveland, Mike Cozad and Chet Simmons, then owners of the Tsaina lodge, succeeded in bringing the World Extreme Skiing Competition to the area. Alaska West Air was the first outfit to offer helicopter service in Valdez . Chet Simmons, Doug Brewer and Tom Tibideau were pilots; they flew a small Bell helicopter and a De Havilland Beaver as a ski plane shuttle.

Though the World Extreme Skiing Competition ended in the year 2000, it had already succeeded to put Valdez firmly on the map as the top big mountain helicopter skiing destination in the World. Today, Valdez Heli-Camps is Alaska 's premier provider for cutting edge helicopter access skiing in the area. VHC continues to make available to you this world famous heliskiing terrain once reserved only for a chosen few.

Each winter, Mother Nature blesses Valdez, Alaska's Chugach Mountains with up to 900 inches of fresh powder. Can you honestly say the same thing about your home mountains? Think about it. Can you resist the lure of first tracks on the crest of a Chugach Mountain spine? Or the solitude of the wilderness as the helicopter delivers you to the top of the world? Are you not seduced by fantasies of unlimited powder on precarious steeps? Isn't it time you skied Valdez ?

If inclement weather prevents our helicopters from landing on the mountain, you will not be charged for your flight. No other heliskiing outfit can make that promise! Don't worry! If the weather keeps helicopters at bay, you will enjoy a fantastic day of snowcat skiing as the powder piles up throughout the day, all part of our inclusive service to you! Live your dream!